Google ready to hold a big event on October 4, 2016, where it is said to launch a series of new products including the new Pixel smartphones, Chromecast 4K Ultra, Google Home Smart Speaker, Google WiFi, but what we are most excited about, the known Andromeda operating system. If you've tracked the news related to Google's next event, there are credible rumors suggesting that Google will make fun of its brand new Andromeda operating system at the October 4 event. So, you are wondering, what exactly is the Andromeda operating system and what does it offer? Well, here's what we know so far:
What is the Andromeda operating system?
In the past we have heard rumors suggesting that Google intended to converge Android and Chrome OS and, well, the Andromeda operating system should do exactly that. Google recently started implementing Android app support for Chromebooks, but this is completely different from what Andromeda OS will offer.
If reports are to be considered, Andromeda OS is a completely new platform than a hybrid of Android and Chrome OS . basically Android with integrated Chrome OS functions. also different Google's Fuchsia operating system, than another Google platform for IoT devices. So, we can expect to see the cloud-based features of Chrome OS in full Android development, designed for laptops, tablets and convertibles to meet the Microsoft and Apple offers.
Features we can expect
While we don't know much about what Andromeda OS will offer when it comes to functionality, here's what we can expect:
Chrome OS acquired a fair amount of traction due to the fact that it was simple to use and also because of its cloud-centered nature. With Andromeda OS which supposes the integration of Chrome OS into Android, we can expect an excellent integration of Google Drive in the platform. On a Chromebook, you never lose a file because everything saved in the cloud and this is what we can expect from Andromeda too.
Microsoft has tried using unified apps with Universal apps in Windows 10 to moderate its success and Google will try the same with Andromeda OS. The hybrid platform is expected to come with various Google apps that work equally well on laptops and smartphones.
Continuity as a feature
With Andromeda OS with the same Android code, we can expect an Andromeda racing laptop and a smartphone with Android to pack some functionality similar to Continuity. For unaware people, Continuity is Apple's MacOS and iOS feature, which allows users to move smoothly from an iPhone or iPad to a Mac without any problems. For example, you can start a business on iOS and continue on Mac, make calls on your iPhone from your Mac and more.
When is Andromeda OS launched?
We were skeptical of all the Andromeda OS news at the October 4th event, but a recent Android tweet and Chrome OS chief Hiroshi Lockheimer suggests that Andromeda OS will actually be presented at the event. His tweet reads: "We announced the first version of Android 8 years ago today. I have the feeling that in 8 years we will talk about October 4, 2016".
While Andromeda OS is expected to be made official at the event, we can expect the operating system to arrive to developers and devices early next year. We don't know yet if Andromeda OS will be available as an update for current Chromebooks, but we still wouldn't have gotten our hopes.
When do the Andromeda OS devices arrive?
Along with rumors about Andromeda OS, there have also been reports suggesting that Google plans to release a Pixel 3 device, codenamed 'Bison' in the third quarter of 2017. The device will be an ultra-thin laptop to be used as Microsoft's Surface Book and presumably features such as a 12, 3-inch display, Intel m5 or i5 chipset, 8 or 16 GB of RAM, 32 or 128 GB of storage , USB Type-C, fingerprint scanner, stylus holder and touchpad with tactile feedback. In addition, the Google Pixel 3 laptop will not sport the Chromebook brand and the Chromebooks as we know them are now practically dead. So if you were wondering why Google didn't launch a new Chromebook Pixel this year, well, there is your answer.
Another report suggests that Google will show the hybrid operating system on a Huawei Nexus tablet for the first time at the end of the year, which doesn't seem plausible, considering that the Nexus brand is going away, but Google certainly has the ability to surprise us. Before Pixel 3 arrives, Google should show a number of Andromeda OS devices to get started. Along with the Pixel 3, a number of manufacturers are reported aboard the OS Andromeda train in 2017.
Andromeda OS: Google's plan to conquer the desktop
Google has conquered the web with its services and smartphones with Android and the desktop the only missing piece in the puzzle. While Chrome OS was a decent offer, it didn't have the firepower to take over Windows or macOS. However, Android is a mature platform that adds to the simplicity of Chrome OS and you get a rather complete desktop platform in the form of the Andromeda operating system. The Android-Chrome OS hybrid is expected to be announced shortly but we still recommend you take all this with a pinch of salt, considering that it is still rumors.
So, are you excited about the Andromeda operating system? What are the features you expect from the new Google platform? Audio muted in the comments section below. In addition, we will update the article once new details on the surface of the Andromeda operating system, so stay tuned.